For a week and a half now, students and faculty from Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine have been tending to the animals affected by this state’s devastating floods.
LSU has details about all the critters who found safe refuge in these places:
Since the shelters opened, 118 animals have been housed at Celtic (85 dogs and 33 cats); 1,333 animals have been housed at Lamar-Dixon (372 dogs, 109 cats, 142 cattle, 371 horses, 148 goats, 3 donkeys, 7 mules, 9 chickens, 2 guinea hens, 20 birds and 2 guinea pigs); and 120 animals have been housed at the River Center (85 dogs, 33 cats, 1 bird and 1 turtle).
Others — including horses, dogs, cats, pigs, rabbits, and chickens — have been rescued from the flooded areas by LSU vet school volunteers.
The school has also been taking in more injured wildlife than usual, which is par for the course, following a natural disaster, according to a press release.
On Monday morning, spokesperson Ginger Guttner — who’s promised stories about individual students and animals, once things calm down just a bit — told Shelter Me this work was still continuing.
“The shelters do still have animals and people in them, and LSU vet school faculty, staff and students are still volunteering,” she said in an email.
And you can help!
Donate to LSU’s Disaster Preparedness and Response Fund, which pays for equipment, caring for the animals themselves, and other necessities.
The Petco Foundation launched a national fundraising campaign to help Louisiana pets impacted by the flood. Donate here. 100% of the money raised will go directly to local Louisiana groups on the ground and will be in addition to the support already provided by the Foundation.
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